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Sharks can't close it, Red Wings rally for 4-3 win

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Sharks can't close it, Red Wings rally for 4-3 win

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SAN JOSE (AP) The Detroit Red Wings are coming home with a chance to take a step toward history.Suddenly, that seems well within reach.Tomas Holmstrombroke a tie with 6:08 remaining, and the Red Wings scored threethird-period goals to avoid elimination with a 4-3 victory over the SanJose Sharks on Sunday night."There's a lot of character on this team. There's not any quit," said Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 39 saves. "Our season was on the line there in the third period, and we found a way."
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Danny Cleary and Jonathan Ericssonalso scored in the final period to send the series back to Detroit forGame 6 on Tuesday night. After winning the first three games, San Joseis clinging to a 3-2 lead.Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchiscored to help the Sharks take a 3-1 lead early in the third period.Then the Red Wings scored two quick goals before Holmstrom redirectedthe winner past Antti Niemi, leaving a sellout crowd stunned and silent.Niklas Kronwell also scored and Pavel Datsyuk added three assists for Detroit."I think you put yourselves in a verydangerous position if you get back on your heels against that team,"Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I didn't think we did that tonight.They just outplayed us in the third period."The Red Wings moved closer to adding to their already storied history.The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975New York Islanders and 2010 Philadelphia Flyers are the only teams towin a series after losing the first three games. With Chicago winningthree straight to force a Game 7 against Vancouver in the openinground, that's enough precedent to give Detroit hope that it can pushSan Jose to the brink.The Red Wings already have overcomea repeat of last season, when they went down 3-0 to the Sharks -- justlike this year -- before being eliminated in Game 5 at San Jose.No encore this time.
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Detroit came back again with astrong push up ice and sent several shots at Niemi after going down twogoals. In a span of 1:46, the Red Wings got a goal from Ericsson andanother from Cleary on a wraparound shot for the equalizer.Then Nicklas Lidstromsent a slap shot from the center that was deflected on net byHolmstrom, redirected top shelf to beat Niemi and shock a towel-wavingcrowd that was ready to toast a berth in the Western Conference finalsfor the second straight season."I didn't know it went in right away," Holmstrom said. "But I saw the ref point at the net and I felt pretty good."Fans had reason to be optimistic: the Sharks had controlled the puck and forced the action from the start.But they failed to convert on twopower plays in the opening period - not even registering a shot on thefirst - and nearly fell behind again if not for a spectacular save fromtheir goalie. Niemi kept the Red Wings from going ahead first, divingto his left to rob a slap shot by Ericsson with a glove save.A few minutes later, Joe Thornton won a faceoff in Detroit's territory and passed it back for a slap shot by Dan Boylefrom just inside the blue line. Boyle's shot was redirected bySetoguchi for his fifth goal of the playoffs to put San Jose up 1-0with 2:42 left in the period.The Red Wings were able to kill offanother power play in the second to give themselves a chance, only tofail to even get a shot off when they had their own man advantage. ThenPavelski made them pay when he took a pass from Ryane Clowe on a 2-on-1 break, flicking the puck past Howard to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.The goal also was Pavelski's fifthof the playoffs, although he didn't have much time to celebrate.Kronwell scored 53 seconds later with a wrist shot that beat Niemi topshelf with 3:35 left in the period.Any momentum the Red Wings had entering the final period seemed to end with a thud.Dany Heatleycame out of a scrum along the side boards and shoved a pass ahead toCouture, who finished on a wide-open breakaway past Howard's left leg54 seconds into the third period to give the Sharks a 3-1 cushion."When we go up 3-1 we usually finishteams off," Thornton said. "They fought back very hard. We made acouple of careless plays and against their skilled players, they putthose in."NOTES: Red Wings F Johan Franzen tweaked his ankle and was limited in the third period. ... The Red Wings inserted left winger Drew Miller into the lineup and scratched Jiri Hudler.... The Sharks are 7-0 when they lead a series 3-1. ... The announcedattendance was a sellout crowd of 17,562. ... The Sharks fell to 5-1when they score first in the playoffs.y

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

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NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.